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August 30, 2008
Tech opens 2008 season with a 2-2 tie at Portland
Akogyeram posts a goal and assist to lead Hokies

PORTLAND, Ore. - The 10th-ranked Virginia Tech men's soccer team opened the 2008 campaign with a 2-2 tie against Portland Friday night on the road. Freshman Emmanuel Akogyeram posted a goal and an assist, while teammate and fellow freshman Luiz Yamashita added two assists.

"I am very happy with the team's performance," said head coach Oliver Weiss. "They fought hard in front of 2,000 Pilot fans after falling behind late in the match 2-1. Our young players earned their stripes tonight, while the older players led by Scott Dillie and Brendan Dunn showed great poise under pressure."

Tech posted the first goal of the match, when Akogyeram scored his first goal as a Hokie. Akogyeram received a pass from Yamashita inside the box the put Tech ahead 1-0 in the 36th minute.

The Pilots notched the equalizer later in the 63rd minute of the second half. Portland sophomore Frankie Lopez scored off a shot from the left wing, tying the contest 1-1.

Lopez struck again in less than four minutes later, this time scoring from the right wing, giving the Pilots a 2-1 advantage.

In the 71st minute, the Hokies registered its own equalizer. Freshman Philip Aseweh posted his first goal of his career, as well. Aseweh connected on a shot inside the box after gathering a pass from Akogyeram and Yamashita to send the match to overtime.

After playing two extra periods, the teams concluded the match 2-2.

Tech was out-shot in the contest 18-13 and the Pilots held the edge in corner kicks 8-3.

Junior goalkeeper Brendan Dunn posted two saves for the Hokies in the opening match of the season.

The Hokies will be back in action in Portland, Ore. against Washington on Sunday. Start time of the match is 3 p.m., Eastern.

For updates on Virginia Tech men's soccer, follow the Hokies on Twitter (@VT_MSoccer).

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